Guitar man…

My New Zealander sister-in-law was stupefied when I told her that I made a lot of friends through blogging and she was absolutely aghast to hear that I even met some of them in person. I’ve met Claire, Elin and Ivan in Ipoh, Eugene and Faisal Admar in Penang, Nyonyapenang, Peteformation and so many others in KL and also Annie-Q who is originally from Sibu and ah-nel aka Fatty Old Man who’s actually based in Singapore right now, Melbie andΒ Mandy in Kota Kinabalu, Mar who is now working in Brunei…and a whole lot of bloggers here, there and everywhere. The list just goes on and on.

I don’t know but is it that dangerous to meet someone you’ve got to know online? I would think it would be the same even if you are introduced to someone face-to-face by a friend in person. After all, Β as Shakespeare says, “The false face hides what the false heart doth know,” or the way the Chinese put it, “You know his face, you do not know his heart.” That, of course, is very true as personally, I did make the acquaintance with some so-called friends who eventually turned out to be quite different from what I had thought them to be, but let’s not get into that.

What I am actually getting to is that the other day, I got to meet Philip in person. Well, he wasn’t really a complete stranger because I knew his sister and I knew him by name as well and his mother, Angela Yong, was a friend of my mother and her family. I had a post on the books that she has written and Philip had stumbled upon it while googling for something and has been commenting regularly on my posts ever since. We agreed to meet for lunch…and we did.

Ben of BenzGifts commented on my link on Facebook saying that the nasi bryani at Rafie was very nice, so Philip and I agreed to meet there and give it a try. He had the mutton…

Rafie's nasi bryani - mutton

…and I do wish they would take the trouble to wipe the side of the bowl with a clean tissue or something before serving it so that it would look a bit more presentable.

I had the beef…

Rafie's nasi bryani - beef

…but though I found the curry quite nice, I felt that the rice paled slightly in comparison with what we had at Balkis and the pickled cucumber really wasn’t very good. No, Ben, I don’t think it is all that great…compared to Balkis. Maybe I should give Nur Islamic another try one of these days and see if it’s any better.

Food aside, Philip and I had a great time…chatting and getting acquainted. I had known for a long time now that he is, in fact, an accomplished classical guitarist but I did not know that he had actually released a CD in the States where he is based…and he had been giving recitals/concerts there and also in Malaysia, KL included. Well, personally, I am not into classical music but if you’re interested in hearing him play, you can click the video clip below and listen…

…or you can go to youtube and watch the other video clips available. Happy listening…

Author: suituapui

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47 thoughts on “Guitar man…”

  1. Oh,so this is Philip, our very own Jose Feliciano! Welcome to STP’s,Philip.
    I think I vaguely remember that he did play on Msian Tv once upon a time? Maybe Bintang RTM? Gosh! I m oooold! Ya, STP, thank goodness u have yr blog and yr bloggers’ frends to keep u busy and us too! I think we, Pollie etc are all on ‘gaji buta’ on your blog. hehe! I enjoy reading some of yr bloggers’ blogs too, very interesting…. :)!

    Was he in Bintang RTM? You mean Bakat TV? Oooo…must ask him that when I get to see him again. Oh? You drop by the other blogs too? Have you been to Elin’s? She usually has some great recipes!!! Cooks like a pro!

  2. I’ve met quite a few people online before meeting them in person. It’s just another medium to interact with others, and the beauty of it is you can pick the location where you can chat with your online friends. You don’t have to physically go anywhere. πŸ™‚

    Yes, cleaning the bowl would have been a great idea. I find myself doing that (wiping a bowl or plate down) before taking photos of the foods I prepare.

    The music is lovely, I’m bookmarking his website too. I play the piano. I started playing when I was eight years old. I’m now 39, for the first four years that I played the piano, the only music my teacher would allow me to play was classical music.

    My seven-year old daughter plays the piano; she’s also interested in the guitar. I’m definitely curious to check out his book too. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment. Will certainly hop over to yours and browse. I’ve linked you in my blogroll. Glad you enjoy Philip’s music. I understand he has a CD on the market in the States…but I don’t think he has a book. His mother, 84 years old now…if I remember correctly, is the one who writes books – recollections of things in her younger days and he helps her with it – the editing and what not.

  3. Oh boy he’s good ! Playing the classical guitar is so technically challenging… at least for girls with thin skins, short fingers and even shorter attention spans like me πŸ˜› But boy can I listen to guitarists all day long .. hehe

    Hmm, I’m not a fan of nasi briyani (raisins in rice ? seriously ??) .. but the curry looks delicious … curry .. oh curry !

    You can? No, not just girls. I picked up the guitar in the 70s/80s (not classical…just learnt how to strum some chords) but it hurt too much. Now I’ve forgotten all of it. LOL!!! Yes…I put raisins in my nasi ghee/minyak/kunung/kunyit or whatever you call it and it’s very nice! Must get down to cooking that sometime and post on it.

  4. hey~ i’m a fan of curry mutton and nice guitar play from Philip~

    LOL!!! Philip will be pleased with this post. Mutton? Thought you’re vegetarian? πŸ˜‰

  5. 😦 Too bad your last trip to KL was during CNY season. I would have love to meet you in person too.

    Yes, and I would have linked you in the list too… Another time perhaps. πŸ˜‰

  6. Come, STP, i refresh your memory on the chords.. easy only…but get ready for the injured finger tips…
    so your SIL is aghast to hear that u met so many “online strangers” such as bloggers.. lol. well, i cannot imagine my family siblings faces if i tell them the same too.. their eyes will be wide surely.. will comment i m so brave.. and advising me to be cautious! aiyoh.. me old liow.. if 20 yrs ago, then different story la.. but nowadays dint meet up with any new face…
    tot Eugene will organise a bloggers meet up in Penang or KL.. tak jadi too.. what do u suggest, stp?

    Come! Come! Have a bloggers’ meet in Sibu! Wah!!! You can play kah? Like that, can entertain everyone when we meet up lor! Hehehehehe!!! My bones old and stiff liao, cannot learn anymore. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Me…even more so – so old, fat and ugly…and poor! What do they want to do with me? But other bloggers may be worried about meeting me maybe? πŸ˜‰

  7. I am a fan of guitar man…i mean the group gave the song… the Bread with David Gates right?

    Dont worry i am not dangerous, you can meet me anytime you like kkekekekekekk…you have a great weekend bro sorry cikgu

    Ya, oldies but goodies. LOL!!! If I were worried, I would not have met up with you…and I would miss the chance of meeting your sweet missus and your two wonderful boys. You have a great weekend too. Huh? Sorry for what?

    1. maybe he meant bye cikgu.. hehehee… eugene, u and me.. same league, in terms of songs.. :p

      Probably… Must be in a hurry or something. πŸ˜‰ Ya…oldies but goodies eh? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  8. lol…i used to be very active in the blogosphere few years back and i’ve had a few blogger’s meet myself and guess what? these “blog friends” later turned up to be “real friends” and i stopped calling them my blog friends.

    we meet up regularly and one of them even helped me out when i first moved to Penang. isnt that wonderful? πŸ™‚

    Ya, people that I link, I classify as “acquaintance” but those that I’ve met, I’d upgrade to “friend”. I’ve yet to meet you in person, so you’re still just an acquaintance. Hope to do that some day when I hop over to Penang again. Same here…like my blogger-friend, a doctor in SP – anytime my daughter was not well, he would be glad to help…and I’ve met him twice at least already when I was there. Oops…forgot to include in the list! LOL!!!

  9. Huh…wassup, Cikgu. Seldom sees you post “emo” post. Hope whatever it is, is over now.

    Anyway, love beef. How was the beef? Chewy or tender. Some doesnt know how to slice the beef makes it very tough 😦

    The curry was good and the beef was good…just the rice was not as good and I did not like the cucumber pickle. Emo post kah? No leh… Hehehehehe!!! πŸ™‚

    1. sound rather emo la the 2nd paragraph.

      as for meeting online people it’s like blind date la. sometimes click online but when meet face to face, nothing much to say. Different channel kot.

      True what you said about even if not online friend, not necessary will be a good person.

      I pernah kena one time. A new “friend” ajak to go listen to seminar. Thought ok la. Kasi muka a bit. Mana tau arrived there it’s direct selling seminar. They were so “fanatic” . Haiyo…rupa2 that “friend” was using me. Trying to recruit more downline. After I told him am not interest, muka also terbalik liao. Terus hilang duno where.

      I don’t want to talk about my experiences with some not-very-sincere friends. Just let them pass as bumps along the road of life, no point looking back at the burning bridges – regretting and wishing what might have been. Always look and move forward, older but wiser.

      1. older…but sometimes not wiser ..,yes best to move forward πŸ˜€

        What to do? Life’s like that… So many Judases and Brutuses around, you’ll never know when they will just stab you in the back.

  10. I almost met u.. but never did 😦

    We are good people πŸ˜› No harm meeting up. From your list, I’ve met Eugene and Claire too πŸ™‚

    You almost? When? Where?…..But you’ve met a lot of others that I haven’t met before and you never had any problem, right? Dunno…maybe some people are just too panophobic!

  11. Hmm…perhaps I should give the fare in Balkis a try πŸ™‚

    Wonderful guitar playing there! I can only strum a bit.

    Psst…thanks for the link πŸ˜‰

    Ya…how much are you going to pay me for advertising space? πŸ˜‰ Hehehehehe!!! Take me! Take me!…I mean, take me with you to Balkis! Chesh! What were you thinking? Hahahahahaha!!!!! πŸ˜€

  12. Wah…so nice to meet up with so many blogger friends.

    Nasi Brayani ……never eat them with peanuts before. Gosh..the rice makes me drooling….

    Yup! Didn’t bother to mention the peanuts as not worth mentioning. Sort of already masuk angin…unlike the peanuts in my next post. Make sure you come back tomorrow and see eh? LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  13. Hey A, didn’t realize our humble lunch would make this blog. Well, I don’t think we qualify as “people you meet online.” We go way back. You were one of the trendy elite of Sibu, always so well groomed and dressed and I was just a samseng roaming the streets. But it was good to get to meet you, after almost half a century, and share that lunch. The mutton was good, but I’ll have to say the rice was a little soggy.

    And thanks to all of you who made those nice comments. Just to let you know, STP is the real thing, it was great to meet the legend himself.

    Blush! Blush! *runs and hides* So shy lah! I’m just a simple man living a simple like…trying to make the most of each passing day the best I can. My pleasure too, getting to meet you at long last. I guess way back then, I was already active on the radio…and getting to meet friends that I made on air. Same game, different name.

  14. But you have not meet me yet bro. πŸ˜€

    Who knows? Maybe one day… I may just drop by Malacca one fine day and we can get to meet then? πŸ˜‰

  15. That is very nice of you my friend. Meeting people and making friends online. I do hope to meet you in person someday.

    Yeah, the threat is the same when you meet people online or personally. There are posers online and in the real life. There are those who lie like in the net.

    Hope you have a nice weekend.

    You have a nice weekend too. I guess from visiting one another’s blogs and exchanging comments, we more or less get to know one another pretty well already. I’m sure people who are up to no good would not bother to do such things day in day out, month after month and year after year. In comparison, if you go and meet a total stranger that you have just got to know online, that may be dangerous…

    1. You are right. Persons with bad intentions will not spend a lot of time to gain your trust for days, months, and years. These kinds of people want to accomplish their deeds in a short time.

      I agree with you. Many teenagers here in my country are tricked by people who they just met in social networks. They had dates with those kinds of persons that ends up in terrible situations.

      So it is very safe for the two of us to meet, don’t you think? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  16. Hmmm, maybe i should meet up with other bloggers too~

    You haven’t met any. No bloggers among your own circle of friends even? You can join those Nuffnang functions, you’ll get to meet a whole lot of them from all over.

  17. Nasi Bryani again? hahahhaha….

    Yes, through blogging i made a lot friends, some are mummies, some are young pretty girl, some i met before some i never met but we chat a lot over msn. Now, some of them, we are become close friends and instead of just blogger friends.

    Nice guitar play by Philip. I learn guitar when i am in KL, but after two months i give up, at that time i think those boys can play guitar is cool and romantic. LOL!!!

    Waiyor!!! Now I regret not learning to play the guitar when I was younger. I could have got all the girls. Hahahahahaha!!!! Ya…I’ve many good and very close friends whom I met on air/on the radio…and also through blogging. That’s just great!

    1. Thanks Annie for the comment. A, with your charm and natural ladykiller instincts, you didn’t need to learn to play anything to get the girls. (I remember you were always surrounded by chicks.) It’s the rest of us who are not so well endowed who had to rely on a gimmick or two.

      LOL!!! Come to think of it, some things never change. If you look at all the commentors, I’m still surrounded by pretty ladies except for the fact that other than a few very young ones, most are married with children… Hehehehehehe!!!!

  18. Well I guess we have to follow our instinct a little bit when deciding whether to meet up with online friends. Anyway there are always risk involves but sometime friends that we thought we know from childhood days or we thought we know very well are more ‘dangerous’ than friends we met online! LOL!

    Like I said to Ishmael, we visit one another’s blogs and exchange comments and we actually get to know quite a lot about one another already in this way…and those up-to-no-good people would not bother to take the time to do anything like that. I guess it’s only dangerous when going out to meet total strangers that one has met online and does not know very much about…

  19. So cool u got to meet many bloggers personally. The bloggers i met face to face are my course mates and a few from ur daughter’s only haha. Btw, as always food looks mouth watering. The taste not sure but i’ll trust ur review.

    Ya…but I’m sure we’ll get to meet some day – 2013 maybe when my daughter’s back in Sp and you’re back in Penang. On the whole, the food’s ok…but not great except for maybe the curry.

  20. glad to know you stp… when are you coming to penang again?
    will intro you new friend πŸ™‚

    Not in the near future, I think. My daughter is not in SP anymore…but she’ll be back there in 2012. I’ll probably be in Penang around that time then…if I’m still alive and kicking, that is!

  21. I just came back from my vay-kay-shun last night (Saturday night, I’m typing this Sunday midnight) and is picking up on your posts that I have not read for 8 days while I was away. LOL!

    O.M.G!!! Philip is really really good! I wish I could play like that! Philip, if you’re reading this, do you take any students? *hint hint* πŸ˜› PS: I learned on my own and played songs by listening so I can’t do classical πŸ™‚

    I was talking to my young uncle 2 weeks ago about how I picked up guitar a long long time ago then I stopped. And now I have 3 guitars handed to me and I don’t know what to do with them πŸ˜› One very similar to the one Philip was playing in the video.

    You wanna be his student? You have to fly over to the States – Texas, Hahahahaha!!!! I learnt the guitar so I could strum and sing songs until they invented karaoke – why bother when now I could have the whole orchestra to accompany me. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. No problem, Clare, anytime. Glad you still play guitar when you sing, unlike some people who just use the karaoke.

      Oops!!! Blush! Blush!!! *bows head in shame* Hahahahaha!!!!

  22. Owh! I just saw this! Haha…
    Goes to show how long I’ve been “inactive” in the blogging world! Hehehe…
    It’s good to be back, slowly but surely… ;p

    Indeed you have. Been out of circulation for so long…not like when you were working in Kuching. 😦 Anyway, welcome back…and do keep dropping by whenever you can.

  23. Mar, I’m worse than you, I only saw this and it’s now December! LOL!

    I’m honoured to have the pleasure to meet you in person, STP πŸ™‚ Looking forward to meeting you again someday

    Time flies… Certainly hope to hop over to KK again sometime. Then we can meet again…or you can plan a visit to Sibu. πŸ™‚

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